T-Mobile Germany is the first company to offer an iPAQ hw6500 series model.
This is HP’s second cellular wireless device, and includes features not available in the original model — the iPAQ h6300 — like a built-in keyboard.
T-Mobile Germany is including the hw6500 in its T-Mobile “Take-Away” offer. This allows electronics stores to sell this model and later have it activated on this wireless service provider’s network.
At this point, no other wireless carrier has committed to offering this iPAQ, but several more are expected to.
This will almost certainly include Cingular. HP has been touting this model’s support for high-speed EDGE networks, and Cingular is the only U.S. company with a significant EDGE wireless network.
A source familiar with HP’s plans has told Brighthand that Cingular will begin offering a hw6500 series model in September.
More About the iPAQ hw6500 Series
HP’s U.K. web site shows two models in this series. These are essentially identical, except for the fact that one of them, the hw6515, has a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera, while the hw6510 does not.
This will be capable of taking 1280-by-1024-pixel still pictures or 640-by-480-pixel MPEG4 video. It will be accompanied by an LED flash.
T-Mobile Germany is currently offering the camera-less one.
These are the first Pocket PCs from any company with a square (240 by 240 pixel) screen. This is 2.2 inches on each side.
Below the screen is a backlit QWERTY keyboard, making this device strongly resemble a Treo or a BlackBerry.
The hw6500 series runs on GSM/GPRS networks, and includes support for EDGE, even though T-Mobile Germany doesn’t have an EDGE network.
This model also has Bluetooth short-range wireless networking, plus one slot for SD cards and a second for miniSD cards.
It includes a built-in GPS receiver and TomTom Navigator software. Users will be able to download one city map for free. Additional maps will cost extra.
These devices are 4.7 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and 0.8 inches thick (118 mm by 71 mm by 21 mm). They weigh 5.8 ounces (165 g).